USDA Announces MFP Payments; Sign-up Begins Monday

The Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced details of the Market Facilitation Program payments as part of a $16 billion trade aid package.

USDA will begin mailing payments to producers in late August. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of “unjustified trade retaliation” in that county. Most payments for Corn Belt states average between $60 and $80 an acre.

Producers who filed a prevented planting claim and planted an FSA-certified cover crop, with the potential to be harvested, qualify for a $15 per acre payment. Acres that were never planted in 2019 are not eligible.

Dairy producers will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history. Hog producers will receive a payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day selected by the producer between April 1 and May 15, 2019.

The $16 billion package also includes up to $1.4 billion in commodity purchases. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will purchase surplus commodities to be distributed to food banks, schools and other outlets serving low-income individuals.

USDA will spend up to $432 million to purchase U.S. poultry products, $208 million of pork and $200 of processed fruit and vegetable products, $151 million of beef, $104 million worth of citrus products, $88 million of U.S. apples and $68 million of dairy products.

The Agricultural Marketing Service will buy affected products in four phases, starting after October 1.

For more information, visit farmers.gov/mfp or contact your local FSA office.